Look, there are plenty of things in life to argue about. Which power ranger is the best, whether chocolate or vanilla is better (chocolate, by the way), what really happened at the end of Inception…
You know one thing we don’t need to argue about? Whether or not Americans contribute significantly to meat’s impact on global warming.
And yet the meat industry and its front groups (like the Center for Consumer Freedom) love to perpetuate the myth that Americans have absolutely nothing to worry about when it comes to meat and global warming, especially after beef consumption dipped in 2014.
Their argument is that the US has a more efficient livestock production system and US agriculture produces less than 6% of the US greenhouse gases, while globally, 18% of greenhouse gas emissions are due to livestock. In order to stay competitive, we need to keep consumption and production patterns the same.
Ummmm… ok. Here are just two facts to set the record straight about whether Americans are still contributing to meat’s impact on global warming.